Saturday, May 07, 2011

Osama bin Laden killing 'warning to Gaddafi'

British officials have claimed that the bombing of Libya has destroyed three quarters of Col Muammar Gaddafi's military forces Photo: AP
Gen Sir David Richards, the Chief of the Defence Staff, said the death of the al-Qaeda leader should have a "psychological impact" on the Libyan dictator and others because "one day their deeds will catch up with them".
The general's warning came as British officials disclosed that weeks of allied attacks had cost Col Gaddafi almost three quarters of his military forces.
Sir David described the killing of bin Laden as "definitely a positive" in the context of political change in the Middle East.
"It will remind like-minded people wherever they are that one day their deeds will catch up with them," he said.
"That is psychologically very important in the context of Libya and other crises in the Middle East, so I think it is a psychological impact rather than a short-term impact."

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SHOOT: Here's a question.  If invading Libya puts a large premium on energy prices, is it meant to be a temporary risk?  It's hard to rationalise a long term campaign in Libya other than to secure access to a vital resource.

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